It could be a common stereotype or misconception but it feels like most lottery winners are well off enough before they score the big payday.
Marie Holmes, a 26-year-old mother with four kids, one of whom has cerebral palsy, is quite the opposite. She recently was forced to quit her dual shift at–you guessed it–McDonald’s and Walmart to focus on raising her children but a great deal of luck just rang in.
She came forward with the winning ticket for the recent $564 million Powerball jackpot. Her share being worth $188 million.
“I don’t think it really hit me yet,” she said when being interviewed by WECT. “I guess when it hits my account is when it’s really going to hit me, but I’m thankful that I can bless my kids with something that I didn’t have.”
Contrary to elephant in the room, Holmes says she wasn’t running to play the lottery with every spare dime she came across. And she plans on making good with the Powerball jackpot earnings opposed to creating an instant lavish lifestyle for her immediate family. She plans on setting up college funds for each of her children and moving them into a new house, on top of still paying her tithes at the church.
The $564 million Powerball jackpot pulled three winning numbers and Holmes is the first to come forward.